Emanuel Piore

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Person.png Emanuel Piore  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(scientist, business executive)
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Born19 July 1908
Vilnius, Lithuania
Died9 May 2000 (Age 91)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Long career as science manager for the US Navy. Attended Bilderberg 1967 as Chief Scientist of IBM.

Emanuel (Mannie) Ruben Piore was a scientist and science manager for the US Navy and IBM.[1]


Piore was born on 19 July 1908 in Vilnius, Lithuania to a Jewish family. In 1917, his family moved to the United States, and in 1924, Emanuel Piore became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Piore obtained an undergraduate and a PhD degree in physics, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


He worked at the Radio Corporation of America,

Between 1942 and 1948 he worked for the US Navy. He was Senior Physicist at the Bureau of Ships (1942-1944); Officer at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (1944-1946); Head of the Electronics Branch at the Office of Naval Research (1946-1947); and Director of the Physical Sciences Division at Office of Naval Research (1947-1948).

1948-1949 he was Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[2]

Between 1949 and 1954 he was back at the Navy, where he became Deputy Director, Natural Sciences (1949-1951) and Chief Scientist (1951-1954) at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Virginia.

1955-1956 he was Vice President and Director of Research at Avco Manufacturing Corporation.

1956-1964 he was member of the Board of Trustees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.[2]

1956-1965 he was member of the Naval Research Advisory Committee of the United States Navy. [2]


He moved over to IBM, where he worked between 1956-1972. He was Director of Research (1956-1961); Vice President, Research and Engineering (1960-1963); Member, Board of Directors (1962-1973); Vice President and Group Executive (1963-1965); and Vice President and Chief Scientist (1965-1972).[2]

Under his direction, the architect Eero Saarinen designed and build the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, New York. As Director of Research at IBM he encouraged basic research and the building up of a patent portfolio.

He also established the IBM Fellow program, which allowed top researchers to pursue their own interests for a period of time. He was promoted to vice president and group executive, and Chief Scientist and was a member of the IBM board of directors and of the advisory committee to the board. In 1967, his leadership at IBM was recognized by the Industrial Research Institute when it awarded him the IRI Medal.

In 1976, the IEEE established the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award, for "outstanding achievement in the field of information processing". Piore was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the United States National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.[3][4][5] His daughter, Jane Piore Gilman,[1] is a distinguished professor of mathematics at Rutgers University. His son, Michael J. Piore is a professor of economics and political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967St John's College (Cambridge)
United Kingdom
Possibly the only Bilderberg meeting held in a university college rather than a hotel (St. John's College, Cambridge)
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